The Waves and Us

Gabriel Muoio

The Waves and Us

It was an illusion—the waves that
hunched and shuddered,

unrolled around us without consideration to

who we were or that we were there at all—
it wasn’t waves I shored you against,

it was an ocean & I

pierced my soles on oysters carrying
you to safety, leading you away from

danger, mon ami,

the waves that would drown us—
a hard & ruthless ocean.

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